Tonight’s Game of Thrones Watchers on the Wall episode will be the most expensive episode to date. The HBO series is already breaking ratings records, now it’s breaking the bank with production costs.
Game of Thrones Watchers on the Wall not only promises the biggest battle yet in all of the preview trailers, but the single episode has the biggest budget bill to date.
One of the stars of Game of Thrones Watchers on the Wall spoke about the episode and what likely drive up the price tag for episode 9 of the fourth season of Game of Thrones. Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the award-winning HBO series, had this to say about Sunday’s episode.
“I think it’s as big as ‘Thrones’ has gone at the moment. I mean, I think it’s no secret that it’s the most expensive episode that they’ve ever made and a lot of that is due to the CGI,” Kit Harington told AccessHollywood.com. “I haven’t seen any of that yet, obviously, so that’s going to be a new thing for me, but yeah, it’s pretty huge in scale. I think it’s as big as TV goes, and that was incredible to be one of the leading actors in that episode. … I feel hugely privileged.”
D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, showrunners for Game of Thrones, confirmed the episode’s hefty price tag in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. The duo explained at the episode boasts both “the biggest green screen in Europe” and “the biggest Styrofoam piece in existence.”
“In terms of the sets, our new production designer Deborah Riley did this magnificent top-of-The Wall set, far bigger than what we had before,” Benioff told EW. “So you can do walk-and-talks, you can have massive action sequences. It’s completely surrounded by green screen, which is apparently the biggest green screen in Europe.”
Even before Game of Thrones Watchers on the Wall aired, the show was already crowned the biggest show in the history of the premium channel. Game of Thrones beat out The Sopranos. The George RR Martin epic has an average gross audience of 18.4 million viewers, surpassing The Sopranos’ peak tally of 18.2 million viewers back in 2002.